“You know the old saying, ‘First you eat to live, and then you live to eat?’” 1 Corinthians 6:13 (The Message Bible)
I’m making a big pot of chicken rice soup. The fragrance has worked its way to my writing den and makes me want to drop everything and taste my creation. For the most part, I’m a lazy cook. I don’t find it satisfying to cook for two people as I did for a family of five. Neither of us “live to eat.” We fall in the category of enjoying the food we eat, but that could be a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup or a filet mignon at the steakhouse—we eat to live.
Unfortunately, our nation is one of “snackers” and instant gratification eaters. Fast food overrides the good made-from-scratch meals my children received daily. None of them grew up with a weight problem. None of them have Type 2 diabetes. It grieves me when I see children bulging out of their clothes—thunder thighs and double chins. Children to not buy groceries. They do not drive themselves to the convenience store for a supersize soda. Who’s in charge?
First Lady Michelle Obama has made children’s obesity one of her projects as First Lady. How can we put energy into this project, too?
Dear Lord, you gave us only one body to care for. Help us be responsible for what we eat or serve to others. Amen.